Brain Health & Risk Reduction - 12 Ways to Care for Your Brain

Adopting these simple lifestyle habits may reduce your risk or delay the onset of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. 

Thank you to JJ Jordan, Dementia Friendly Denver, and the Alzheimer’s Association for the great presentation to our clients in October. To view the movie, click the link. Or, just read the highlights.

Here are 12 great habits for ALL OF US to start.

BREAK A SWEAT - Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates heart rate and increases blood flow. Studies have found that physical activity reduces risk of cognitive decline.

FUEL UP RIGHT - Eat a balanced diet high in fruits and vegetables to help reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Blueberries!

FOLLOW YOUR HEART - Risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke (obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes) negatively impact your cognitive health.

TALK TO YOUR DOC - Discuss changes in cognitive health with your doctor during your annual physical.

MIND YOUR MENTAL HEALTH - Some studies link depression with cognitive decline. Seek treatment if you have depression or anxiety. Manage stress.

BUTT OUT - Smoking increases the risk of cognitive decline. 

HIT THE BOOKS - Formal education may help reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Take a class at a local college, community center or online. 

STUMP YOURSELF - Challenge your mind. Build a piece of furniture or play games of strategy. 

BUDDY UP - Staying socially engaged supports brain health. Find ways to be a part of your local community or share activities with family and friends.

LISTEN UP - Studies show that untreated mid-life hearing loss can increase risk for cognitive decline. Treat hearing loss to stay connected and engaged.

CATCH SOME ZZZ’S - Not getting enough sleep may result in problems with memory and thinking.

HEADS UP! - Brain injury can raise risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Wear a seatbelt and use a helmet when participating in sports or riding a bike.

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